MacDonald, local residents outline plans for ice arenas to safely reopen

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Wednesday joined local residents for a meeting of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic to discuss the plight of the state’s ice arenas and outline plans to allow them to safely reopen.

Joining MacDonald were Mount Clemens Ice Arena Skating Director Mindi Priskey of Chesterfield and Kristin Rosales, a social worker and hockey mom from Sterling Heights.

“Throughout the pandemic, ice skaters and hockey players of all ages, their coaches and the small business owners who operate Michigan’s arenas have done their part to stay home and stay safe,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “But now these businesses are on the brink of destruction, and many children are suffering greatly without the ability to participate in these activities. Ice arenas are capable of operating safely at a severely reduced capacity while still allowing the community to benefit from them.

“We are here today to represent thousands of Michigan residents who ask that we safely open the ice arenas.”

On Aug. 6, MacDonald sent a letter to Gov. Whitmer asking her to allow ice arenas in Michigan to reopen. He then invited the public to sign on to the letter. Over 4,700 ice skaters, hockey players, coaches, parents, rink employees and owners and operators co-signed MacDonald’s letter. Last week, copies of those letters were hand delivered to the governor’s office.


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